Sunday, December 5, 2021

MSC Meraviglia Cruise Review - 4 December 2021


MSC Meraviglia Cruise Review

Just the Facts:
Ship:  MSC Meraviglia, first of its own MSC class @ 172,000 tons.
Sailing:  December 5, 2021 - 4 day cruise - Sailing out of Port Canaveral
Captain:  Massimiliano Rossi
Hotel Director:   Cruise Director: Sarah Rossi
Ports: Port Canaveral, FL - Nassau Bahamas - Ocean Cay, Bahamas

I am sailing solo on a Travel Agent Familiarization (FAM) cruise.  This is my 5th cruise on the MSC Meraviglia, my 14th MSC cruise, and my 168th cruise overall.

Day One -- Sunday --  December 5th, 2021 -- Port Canaveral  — Embarkation  
The day began early at the Florida Villa. It’s a fairly easy drive to Port Canaveral, but I have a 10:00 am Check-in Time so I was away about 6:45 am. This was only my second time driving to this port. I arrived at Cruisetime Parking & Shuttle ($40) on Merritt Island about 9:30 and as soon on a shuttle to the ship. I carried my rolling duffle as usual and was through Security, then Health Screening, and lastly the MSC Agent. My timing was perfect at all stations and I was in my cabin with my bag by 10:45 am. Amazing. I have a Balcony Cabin on deck 11, very comfortable for a solo cruiser. I unpacked and set up my cabin, an easy task for a short 4-day cruise. I went to the Market Place Buffet on Deck 15 for lunch. You have to show your Sail&Sign card to enter and they take your temperature as well. The staff serves you your food selections some of which are pre-plated so you do get a tray for your visit to the food stations. I had Roast Beef for the Carving Station with Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, a Green Salad, a Cole Slaw salad, and a selection of small desserts. It was a very good lunch. I had cabin time to learn the WiFi system and the MSC for Me application then a walk about the ship in the afternoon. The layout has come back to me...they have a new Tex-Mex restaurant on the Promenade and the secondary buffet area is not open...only major changes I see. Of course, we are only sailing with 800 guests and they say that is up from 600 last cruise. Very empty so no lines anywhere nor waiting for an elevator. Now is the time to cruise on MSC! I did have a Pilsner Urquell beer from the Theater Bar on the lower promenade on deck 6...they didn't have any at the Pub. Boat Drill is different, you watch it on the TV then dial in a code on the phone from your cabin. You do have to go to your assembly area, but only to have your card scanned…then it’s completed. Better than Carnival's new procedure as you learn more yet just as easy.  The great thing was that on the elevator returning from my muster station there were two great friends from Scotland on it.  A great reunion for several decks. Wow!!  I did register my credit card at a kiosk for use on your S&S card...something unique to MSC that should be done on your first day.  We had a reception for the TA’s in our group in the Sky Lounge on Deck 18, wine & beer were served and we met Christina & the Events Manager.  I excused myself from our scheduled dinner and went to then Waves Restaurant in order to see my favorite head waiter.  I had Julius as a waiter for 40 days on my B2B2B2B on the Meraviglia in Fall of 2019 before the pandemic.  It was great seeing him again as well as our previous Maitre’D Mario.  I had a great meal, it wasn’t a Spanish theme so I took the three items from that menu: Spanish Delights (Chorizo, Manchego cheese, Roasted red bell peppers, Olives, and Grilled Mushrooms), the Rollo de Cochinillo y Patatas Bravas entree (primarily roasted pig & potatoes), and the Crema Catalana dessert.  I also had the Bay Scallop Ceviche.  All were excellent as was the service of course.  I intended to meet my friends at the Silent Disco @ 11:00 pm but I closed my eyes when in the cabin and fell asleep.  It was a great embark day on the MSC Meraviglia.
 
Day Two -- Monday --  December 6th, 2021 -- Nassau, Bahamas
Smooth seas overnight and I slept very well.  I went to breakfast in the Waves Restaurant and ordered Eggs Benedict with sides of Potatoes and Bacon, all were very good.  My Travel Agent seminar began at 9:00 am in the Business Conference Center on Deck 5.  It was interesting, time for me to start some new MSC group sailings.  

 


Sunday, November 28, 2021

Carnival Freedom 11/28/21 Cruise Review


Carnival Freedom Cruise Review

Just the Facts:
Ship:  Carnival Freedom, a Conquest Class ship sailing out of Miami
Sailing:  November 28, 2021 - 6 day cruise
Captain: Mario Imbimbo
Cruise Director: T.J. Partida - FunSquad: James
Ports: Miami, FL - Nassau Bahamas - Princess Cays, Bahamas - Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

I am sailing solo with good cruise friends.  This is my 7th cruise on the Carnival Freedom, my 90th Carnival cruise, and my 167th cruise overall.

Days Zero -- Friday - Saturday --  November 26-27th, 2021 -- Travel
The dear wife and I left the Ranch in Texas on the day following Thanksgiving  to travel to our Villa in Florida.  First stop was the Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Gatesville, Texas to get a Rapid Antigen test for this cruise.  The next 16 hours were spent driving to Pasco County Florida arriving there at 5:45 am on Saturday morning.  Thankfully an uneventful but very long drive.

Day One -- Sunday --  November 28th, 2021 -- Port of Miami  Embarkation
The day began early at the Florida Villa.  I’m sailing with cruise friends and left by 5:00 am to pick them up in St. Petersburg area. Although I have sailed from Miami many times this is the first time I have driven to the port.  It was a nice drive, my first time to drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and cross ‘Alligator Alley’.  By 10:00 am we were at Premier Cruise Parking: located on the 7th level of a Downtown Miami Parking Garage.  Soon we were shuttled to the port arriving by 10:30 am.  Security and check-in went smoothly and the ship was boarding guests  by the time we finished the process so we went directly onto the ship.  I dropped my roll-on duffle bag at my cabin on Lido Deck and was eating a Stir-fry from the Mongolian Grill by 11:30 am.  Sweet.  I also had a sample plate of BBQ from the BBQ location above the Lido Marketplace aft.  Time for the easy Muster Drill check-in.  You do it on Deck 4 at the actual life boat locations.   I was station A.   Now it’s time to visit the Red Frog Pub’s Happy Hour.  On Freedom you can order a Fish Bowel size drink without having to purchase the bowl..so that’s what I did ordering a Jamaican Sunrise.  The FUN begins.  I ordered a second to take back to the cabin for some cabin time and a nap.  I began receiving messages on my phone from the Parking Company…it seems my car was running in the Parking Garage.  I do have a new vehicle less than two weeks old with all types of features including turning off the engine when idling.  I know it wasn’t running when we unloaded, but suspect it may have been in idle mode and not actually turned off.  We were close to 3:30 sail away but I was able to get my KeyFob to a shuttle driver just before we sailed.  Hopefully crisis diverted, we’ll know upon return.  Security escorted me off and back on so that made it easy for me…Thanks Carnival.  My friends and I met at the Alchemy Bar for an aperitif about 6:00 pm.  A nice and large Alchemy, but seemed so slow after experiencing the very busy Breeze and Mardi Gras Alchemy Bars.  We made dinner reservations on the HUB for dining and we had a very nice table in the center of the room.  I ordered the Roasted Tomato Soup, the Sweet & Sour Breaded Shrimp, and two wonderful Broiled Strip Loin Steaks, with a Fruit plate for dessert. It was very good and the steak was surprisingly very tender.  The Freedom Band plays in the lobby area beginning at 8:00 ish so we had perfect timing and great seats to listen to their set.  Good, but not comparable to the Breeze Band.  I retired to the Cabin for needed rest, the Girls were headed to the Piano Bar and explore the ship. My first day impression is Freedom is a step-back in time…Examples: they still print out the photos, RFP fish bowls, the Muster Drill outside, old style Mongolian Grill (that I love!), and more.  Basically the same as when I first sailed the inaugural Freedom Cruise many years ago.  It was a very different embarkation day on the Carnival Breeze.

Day Two -- Monday --  November 29th, 2021 -- Nassau, Bahamas 
Smooth seas overnight and I slept very well…we were docked at the Nassau pier by the time I was awake. I met the girls at Blue Iguana for breakfast. They still have the Huevos Rancheros sign so another ‘throwback’. I had my usual Breakfast Taco, Arepas, Salsas, and Watermelon. The Carnival Magic is docked next to us and I look forward to sailing on her in two weeks. There are six ships docked in total. The Girls are going to Atlantis today and I’m staying closer to the ship. I do have a balcony cabin this cruise so I enjoyed the early morning breeze and nice weather while doing some work online. About 10:30 I decided to go ashore just to get some exercise by walking. We are the closest ship to shore and we are sailing at 50% capacity (if that) so it was easy to debark and get into downtown Nassau. I was able to complete an important business call so was free to explore the rest of the day. Some businesses remain closed but most are open. Some restaurants ask for proof of vaccination. The new Straw Market looks good as do several public parks…they do seem to be improving the area. I walked to the just-opened Margaritaville Resort located just beyond the old British Colonial Hotel. (photo above) It’s very nice, I saw the Fins Up Water Park, Changes in Latitude Bar, Gift shop, and more. Since I walked this far I decided to walk the length of Junkanoo Beach to Fish Fry. I stopped at Goldie’s Conch House my favorite place for seafood in Nassau. I had the Red Snapper fried fish plate…it was great. The Kalik Superior beers were very good too. I was back on the ship by 2:30. One of the girls had a minor accident and they returned early. After a short nap, I did have dinner with them in the Lido Marketplace about 6:30 pm. Tonight I had a Mixed Salad, the Sea Bass entree and Chicken entree, a stuffed Potato, and the Mushroom Bisque Soup. For dessert a warm Apple Cobbler and a small piece of Coconut Pie. A very good meal. I did a short walk about the ship…lots of activities but just mot many guests out and about. I retired early, I’m still recovering from the long drive, It was a very nice day in Nassau.  
 

Day Three -- Tuesday -- November 30th, 2021 -- Princess Cay. Bahamas

Smooth seas overnight and I slept well. We arrived at Princess Cay very early and the tendering ashore began very early. My friends and I are staying on the ship today, I’m no longer a beach nor beach games person…most guests went, but many stayed on the Freedom. I joined my friends for breakfast in the Lido Marketplace and of the few passengers on board, they were all there. I had an omelet and potatoes, bacon, grapefruit, and sweet bread. We spent most of the day in the Lobby playing various games of Trivia. The three of us are a good team with a mixture of knowledge, we were in the running on most games and won several. James on the entertainment staff (FUN Crew) did a great job. He was personable and made it FUN. We broke for lunch at Guy’s Burgers about 3:30 pm, My first Guy’s in several cruises and since they don’t always have plain meat patties prepared they grilled mine fresh and I was able to get them to add onions while on the hot grill…getting closer and closer to a proper Oklahoma Onion Fried Hamburger. The burgers were very good!! It was back to the Lobby for a final Trivia game on Music where we medaled in the music game. Only slight help from me on that one…the girls were very good. I enjoyed a very beautiful sunset from the balcony. It was very enjoyable watching the sunset over the water and the interesting cloud formations. Cabin time until dinner in the Chic restaurant. The Maitre’D was very accommodating with our table request. The Girls had Cesar Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, and Bitter & Blanc, I had just a single entree they prepared for me combining the Linguini and Meatball appetizer. They did it in the kitchen so it was served ‘hot’ and excellent. Thank you, Chef & Waiter. I went to the casino for my Diamond $25 free play, they asked if I wanted table games (Chips) or Slots (on Card)…I asked ‘What about Cash?’… they said sure…perhaps not as Fun, but still $25 ahead. Super! I listened to the excellent String Trio, Stellaria tonight. (photo left) I enjoyed their Hotel California tune. I retired by 10:00 pm, the girls did some shopping, and perhaps Comedy Club. It was very nice. It was a FUN day onboard the Carnival Freedom. I woke in the night to the sound of waves and the sea, I had accidentally left my balcony door ajar. It was very nice!
 

Day Five -- Wednesday --  November 17th, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea

Rolling seas overnight and I slept very well. I was up very early and enjoyed the sounds of the sea from my very comfortable bed as the sun rose early this morning. Also, an occasional Christmas song comes on the system since it’s December…I leave my ship's TV on the Map Chanel with music. A cabin on the Lido deck is very convenient to the Lido Marketplace so I ordered a nice omelet from the omelet station (no line) and took it to the Blue Iguana for various Salsas. It was great. The weather is very nice and I watched guests arrive on deck and claim their lounge chairs for the day. I had Cabin Time until the Diamond Luncheon held in the deck 4 areas of the Posh Dining Room. The Captain went from table to table to say hello. He knew all about my friends' accident, surprised her and me. We met a nice Diamond couple who have been sitting near us in the Chic dining room and decorating their booth each night with a Christmas theme. The Diamond Luncheon menu was the same as always, today I ordered the Fresh Tomato & Greens salad, the Premium Strip Steak, and the Tres Leches for dessert. All very good. The Carnival Cosmopolitan cocktails were nice too. The Alchemy Bar opened at 2:00 pm and we spent some quality time there with Alaiksandr. He prepared a very nice absinthe cocktail that I found to be unique and enjoyable. Met new Alchemy friends we met up with later in the Red Frog Bar for a Corn-hole Tournament. We made the semi-finals, but fell short in the finals…FUN though. We had dinner in the Chic MDR again tonight. I ordered the Baked Onion Soup Lasagna Bolognese, the Cornmeal Crusted Chicken Breast, and the Praline Cake for dessert. It was very good. We said hello to the friends we made today, both the Diamond’s and Alchemy/RedFrog family that was seated next to us…small world today. After dinner, I considered retiring but went to the Victoriana Theater for the production show 80’s to the Max (photo above). It was a very good show and I was very glad I went. After the show, I stayed in the lobby to see the final set of the Freedom Rock Band. It was a long, FUN, and busy day on the Carnival Freedom.

Day Five -- Thursday -- December 2nd, 2021 -- Amber Cove,  Dominican Republic

Smooth seas overnight and I slept very well. I didn’t even wake in the night and worked on my laptop as usual. We were entering Amber Cove when I woke and I was able to watch the Carnival Magic sail in and dock next to us. Taking it easy this morning and met the Girls for breakfast in the Posh dining room. We had a nice table located aft with a view. I took the opportunity to have my Lumberjack breakfast: Three fried eggs over easy, Toast, Bacon, Ham, Hash Browns, and Pancakes. Also Grapefruit, Tomato Juice, and Milk. A very nice hearty breakfast/brunch. I did a quick walk-around Amber Cove, I needed that after the nice breakfast. Trivia began at 1:00 pm in the Lobby with James and our team cleaned up in every game we played. Sweet. The Red Frog Pub had Happy Hour today @ 1:30 pm so time for a Fish Bowl of Jamaican Breeze. Helps one think during trivia. Some clever items and games today. We went to the Deli for lunch, between us we covered the sandwich bases: Rubens, BLT, and Buffalo Chicken, I really enjoyed Sail-away from my balcony this afternoon...it was about 4:00 pm and the weather was perfect and the seas so blue (photo).  It was nap and cabin time the rest of the late afternoon/early evening for me. We had dinner a little later this evening, it’s nice to have Anytime Dining IMHO. Tonight I ordered the Stuffed Mushrooms, Green Wedge Salad, and the Filet Mignon entree with Grand Marnier Souffle for dessert. A nice meal. The Girls went to the Casino this evening, I retired early as I had some work to do including checking in for my MSC cruise in two days. It was a FUN day in Amber Cove and on the Carnival Freedom.

Day Six — Friday --  December 3rd, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea

Some rolling seas as we sailed just north of Cuba overnight and I slept well. Busy scheduling Covid test for Carnival Magic cruise and finalizing check-in for MSC Meraviglia this morning on our final day on the Freedom. Lovely weather today for all the outer deck activities today too.  I did the sea Day Brunch in the Posh MDR this morning with the girls. I ordered the Steak & Eggs with potatoes, bacon, & ham. Also, a French Toast to share. Another day for Trivia in the Lobby area, not as lucky today. Went on a walkabout on various decks looking for the Ship Coin and visiting the beautiful Steak House. The Steak house is so much larger and nicer than on the newer ships. I had a small Guy’s Burger before attending the Diamond/Platinum Party in the Theater at 4:00 pm. Similar to the same party on various ships…I do like the later start time. There are 51 Diamonds, 220 Platinums, and almost 1600 total guests. So we are sailing at 50% capacity or less. I was closer to the highest cruise day guest total than I’ve ever been sailing from Florida. No hors d’oeuvres nor Tito’s Table, but if you took the pre-fixed drinks you could have several. The Captain and Staff were introduced (photo) and some entertainment. I met the girls and other friends at Alchemy and we had dinner at the Seafood Shack. It used to be a tradition for me to eat there on last night and for the girls, they can pack and be casual. It was very good food and the weather was perfect for dining alfresco. We went to the Punchliner Comedy Club for our only comedy show of the cruise…it was meh but in fairness to the comedian a scheduled PG13 show. It’s been interesting to see guests that are ‘groupies’ of particular events or activities in Florida since there are many repeat cruisers. Many just follow the Comedians, some it is Trivia all day, of course, the loyal Piano Barbarians, the outdoor Sun Lounge Lizards, and more… It’s not just Casino addicts sailing. I retired early to do some packing preparation. It was a nice final Sea Day on the Carnival Freedom.

Debarkation — Saturday --  December 4th, 2021 -- Port of Miami
Smooth seas overnight. I woke early and had plenty of time to update this blog and finish packing.  Diamond meet time is 7:15 am in the Chic MDR on deck 3.  Some delay but we debarked about 8:15 am and went through the face-recognition procedure and was on the street waiting for the shuttle to the Parking Garage.  They came by quickly and we were soon at the parking garage, I got my keys from the supervisor at the garage and we were on our way north from Miami.  I had the girls safely in St. Petersburg by 2:30 pm and I was at the Villa in Pasco County by 3:30 pm.  A rather smooth debark and travel day.


Personal HIGHLIGHTS of the Cruises
Traveling with Friends and making New Friends
Nassau Port Day (never thought would make this list)
Trivia with Friends and James
Alchemy Bar
Diamond Luncheon
Red Frog Pub Happy Hours
Mongolian Wok, the Deli, and Guy's Burgers

 



Saturday, November 13, 2021

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review November 13-21, 2021

Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

Just the Facts:
Ship:  Carnival Breeze
Sailing:  November 13-21, 2021
Captain: Isidoro Renda
Cruise Director: Erin
Ports: Galveston- Cozumel, Mexico (2) - Yucatan (Progreso), Mexico - Galveston

I am sailing another B2B. This is my 14th &15th cruises on the Carnival Breeze, my 88th-89th Carnival cruises, and my 165th &166th cruises overall.  I am sailing as a solo.  

Day One -- Saturday --  November 13th, 2021 -- Port of Galveston  Embarkation   
The day began early on Twisted Oak Ranch. I was up early and finished packing and hit the road south about 5:30 am. I drove straight through to EZ Cruise Parking arriving about 10:05 am. Glad I made reservations as they were full as the Vista was also on turnaround day today. I was shuttled over to Terminal Two and it was a bit confusing, I saw that they were allowing several noon time slots through with the 10:00 and 10:30 times. They may have been allowed as they were taking the new Rapid-antigen tests being offered on a trial basis in November. Perhaps still working out the protocols. I was through Security and Check-in and seated about 10:50 in the waiting area with only a short wait for 11:00 am boarding. I rolled my bags with me as I always do and dropped them at my cabin by 11:15 am. Relatively easy process. Sweet. I unpacked a bit then went to have a very nice Mongolian Wok Stir-fry lunch. Muster drill was next that took all of 10 minutes at B-3 in the Sapphire Dining Room. I watched the OU vs. Baylor football game this afternoon. It did not go well for my Sooners and they lost their first game of the year, 9-1 is still #1 in the Big 12. I then sat out by the Tides Bar until the sail away…it was a bit cool even in the sun so fall weather is upon us. I had cabin time then went up to the Lido Marketplace for dinner. I had the Sweet & Sour Breaded Shrimp and the Roast Beef that I had them grill for me… a very nice dinner. I went to the 
Alchemy Bar and met friends and enjoyed seeing the Alchemy team. Anca again prepared a very nice Ancalicious drink for me. The full Breeze Rock Band performed tonight and was excellent...it was nice to see them all together again. Peter's (male lead singer) extended family were onboard and they were a party themselves. I retired to the cabin after their second set and my second cocktail. It was a long but very good embarkation day on the Carnival Breeze.

Day Two -- Sunday --  November 14th, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea 
Smooth seas overnight and I slept very well. I do have a balcony cabin this cruise so I enjoyed the early morning peacefulness of the open sea. Very calm and warming up this morning that will become a beautiful day. I have gained 10 lbs. since we have started back cruising in July so I want to eat better on this cruise, but I’m not starting this morning. I went to the Blue Iguana for my usual breakfast: Breakfast Taco with two fried eggs (easy) garnished with Cheese & Pico de Gallo. Also an Arepa, Salsas, and watermelon. The BI crew welcomed me back and prepared my exact order when I said the usual. Nice. I enjoyed my balcony until 11:00 when I went to the Diamond Party in the Limelight Lounge. I saw several Diamond friends and still B2B’ers on board. I enjoyed several cocktails and hors d'oeuvre and I enjoy visiting with the senior staff. After the party, I went to the casino and turned my $25 free play into $35 in real money on the Roulette wheel. Sweet. I then decided to play Texas Hold’em for a couple of hours. I did well. Since I’m booked on a TA low promotional fare I do not get Shareholder OBC, but I won more than that amount this afternoon so my Alchemy Bar bill is covered for a few nights. I may have to try that again later in the cruise. Lots of guests watching the Dallas Cowboys football game on the Seaside Theater and in the Red Frog Pub and the Casino. They are enjoying it…they won. Beautiful weather so I enjoyed balcony time then went to the Deli for a great BLT sandwich with fries about 3:00 pm.  The rest of the afternoon included a long nap. .No MDR for me on this elegant night. I had that much needed cabin time until going up to the Alchemy Bar to see the Breeze Rock Band in the Ocean Plaza about 8:00 pm. Since I was fresh I actually stayed through all three sets of the Band,..I really enjoy listening to them. I also got to visit with old and new friends this evening. A FUN night at Alchemy. I actually closed down the bar then went to the casino with a long-time Diamond friend and when I briefly paused to watch the action on the Texas Hold’em table…someone asked me to join and I did. A half an hour later I walked away with a very nice pot. I cashed out most of it and went to Guest Services and paid my Ship account balance in full plus cash in pocket and positive start-up money to play again later. A very successful evening. Also the latest I have stayed up on a cruise ship in many years. It was a Fun, profitable, and interesting day on the Carnival Breeze.  
 
Day Three -- Monday --  November 15th, 2021 -- Cozumel Mexico -- 600th Day on Carnival
Smooth seas overnight and I slept well although briefly…I was in the cabin by 1:00 am, but it was an hour later before I had this blog updated. You can tell I was buzzed by the late-night win. I went to the Blue Iguana for my usual breakfast about 7:30 and it was busier than I thought it would be that early with guests preparing for their Cozumel day. We are following the Carnival’s Mardi Gras into Puerto Maya as we sail on the beautiful early morning. Today is also my 600th day on a Carnival ship. I was planning a slow morning but once I realized that the Breeze was well ahead of the Mardi Gras on debarking I quickly got my shore kit together and was off the ship by 9:00 am ship time. I did beat the hoards on the pier and had a taxi into San Miguel strait away. Knowing how and where to go helps.  My Cozumel HQ, Woody’s Bar & Grill, was opening as we are now off of daylight savings time and Cozumel is on Eastern Standard Time…so one hour later than Texas time. I started with a Sprite zero and updated my Accounts using Woody’s great WiFi. Nice to be back. I ordered fresh Guacamole and Pico de Gallo and enjoyed my favorite Cerveza: Bohemia Clara. I also enjoyed the LIVE music today too. I took a taxi ($8) back to the ship about 2:45 pm and enjoyed some cabin time until the sail away. My balcony faced Carnival’s new Mardi Gras so it was exciting to experience backing away from the pier with guests and crew on each ship waving and yelling to each other as we left the pier. I had dinner in the Lido Marketplace with a friend and it was my favorite menu night, I had a Beet Salad, the Linguine, and several of the small Strip Steaks. All were good too. Afterward, I enjoyed a cocktail then some Pilsner Urquell beers at the Breeze Bar with Alexsandra and friends. I then went to the Love & Marriage Show in the Ovation Theater with Erin. I had not seen one in many years, it was humorous, but the same scripted routine did over the years. Erin did a good job and the guests do love it. After visiting with friends at the Breeze Bar I did sit in on the Texas Hold’em table. Not as successful this evening, but I was playing with winnings that influenced my game. You take more chances when it’s not your $ and that’s what happened to me…Fun though. The downside is that you have to shower again before bed due to all the smoke in the casino. It was a FUN day in Cozumel and on the Carnival Breeze.
 
Day Four -- Tuesday --  November 16th, 2021 -- Progreso/Yucatan Mexico 

Rolling seas with a few bumps as we transitioned from the Caribbean Sea back into the Gulf of Mexico overnight but I slept very well. I went to the Blue Iguana for my usual breakfast…the weather is wonderful today. We were soon docked at the long Yucatan pier, but I will go into town later and will get some TA work done during the morning hours. I finalized my Mardi Gras group this morning so I went down to the pier and took the shuttle into Progreso about noon. I visited a few shops and I did buy another Guayabera shirt from the same vendor as a few weeks ago. I ended up spending most of the day at Los Henequenes. The weather was fantastic and I had a great table on the patio with a view of the beach, bridge, and plaza. I started with my favorite Mexican Cerveza: Bohemia Clara. I enjoyed Guacamole and Chips while using their WiFi. I was going to order a cocktail and the manager recommend their special mojito: a Dragon Fruit Mojito. Unbelievably good. On my second I ordered the second shot of Rum that they served on the side...that packs more punch. Later they prepared me a plate of assorted appetizers (fried) that I enjoyed with Cerveza (they just go together) that will be my dinner for the day. I finalized my visit with another Dragon Mojito and they gave me a complimentary shot of Rum on the side. Thank you and I was feeling very content. I splurged a bit and took a taxi back to the ship as the DW and I used to do when we partied in Progreso. Guests who don’t leave the ship are missing a great excursion port and one can make their own fun in Progreso…plus the great shopping and massages available in this port. Once back on board I visited with great friends who are celebrating their anniversary on board today. I loved the aft-facing cabin that their travel agent (Moi) got for them. I relaxed then went to the Alchemy Bar for a cocktail about 8:00 pm then moved to the Breeze Bar to get ready for the big event of the week in the theater. The Breeze Rock Band did their signature Eagles Tribute set to a full house in the Ovation Theater. It was fantastic…so glad many more guests were able to see it. The Band rocked it tonight. I then went to the Limelight Lounge at 10:45 for the Punchliner Comedy Clubs feature comedian Mark Sweeney. He was funny, I’ve been disappointed in the comedy shows on recent cruises, but Mark was a genuine comedic personality with a good act. It was time to hit the small themed midnight buffet (11:30-1:00 am) in the Lido Market Place, it was Italian so I enjoyed the Penne Pasta and Meatball Sub. I saw some friends at the Casino Bar and sat for a moment…the Texas Hold’em table was full with the regulars…I thought about it, but I’ve had such a great day that I passed and was soon back in the cabin. It was a fantastic day in Progreso and on the Carnival Breeze.  

Day Five -- Wednesday --  November 17th, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea
Smooth seas overnight and I slept very well. I was up early and updated this blog and more. Only fruit for breakfast as I was originally considering the SeaDay Buffet today. A busy morning with an appointment for my antigen rapid test in the Limelight Lounge. It went well taking about 45 minutes from beginning to end and I was negative as expected. After the test I ordered some home tests online for possible use for my November 28th cruise, it’s the Sunday following Thanksgiving and it may be difficult to get a test. At 11:30 they had the Platinum and Diamond party in the Ovation Theater, there were a lot of guests, not that many Diamonds. They did recognize me passing 600 days on Carnival this sailing…thank you. Afterward, I had a cocktail with friends in the Breeze Bar, then went up to Cucina de Capitano for lunch. I ordered the Salad and two Pasta Bowls, one with Linguine & Tomato Sauce and a Penne with Pomodoro Sauce. Very good. After lunch, it was Cabin time for a wee nap. About 6:00 pm I went to the Alchemy Bar to catch the Acoustic set by the Breeze Band and of course have a cocktail. The band did their final set of the cruise at 7:00 pm. IMHO the second-best set they do other than The Eagles set. Afterward, I went to the Piano Bar…another venue I had not done in years. Quite FUN and I enjoyed watching guests being so involved. I can see why there are hard-core Piano Bar fans. It was a FUN final sea day at sea on the Carnival Breeze.

Day One of 2nd Cruise — Thursday --  November 18th, 2021 -- Port of Galveston
This is the beginning of the 2nd leg of B2B. They are expecting over 3600 for this 4-day cruise, the largest capacity sailing on the Breeze since the shut-down. Smooth seas overnight and I was up by 6:00 am as we were sailing into Galveston. It was a bit foggy when we came in, the fog horns were blaring. (photo left) I packed my bags then went to the Lido Marketplace for breakfast: Eggs Benedict, Sausage, Potatoes, & Milk. About 8:30 I took my hanging clothes to my new cabin on deck 2, then went to my B2B meet-up location on time for the first time by 9:00 am. We got our new cards and had our photo taken for the security system before marching down to the terminal for Customs & Border Officials. We were back on board, had our Mimosa drinks, and B2B photo taken well before 10:00 am. I went to my cabin and my bag had not been moved so I went to deck 8 and moved it down myself since the elevators were no longer busy. I did a quick cabin set-up then went to deck 10 aft to call the Ranch. All under control there. They actually boarded guests a bit early so I went to the Mongolian Grill at 11:00 am for a fantastic Stir-fry bowl and some salads. Next was Muster/safety drill in the Casino on deck 4…quick and easy. About 12:30 I met friends that I have sailed with previously at the Red Frog Pub. We enjoyed a regular (not a fishbowl) Jamaican Breeze cocktail and the RFP was packed with guests enjoying the noon-2:00 Happy Hour.  Next a stop at the Breeze Bar for a Bushwacker and watch new guests board. Yes, this is going to be a full cruise with interesting guests. I had cabin time before going to 6:00 dinner in the Blush dining room. I’m going to do set dining these four days. Tonight I ordered the Roasted Tomato Soup, the Sweet & Sour Breaded Shrimp, and two wonderful Broiled Strip Loin Steaks, with a Fruit plate for dessert. It was surprisingly better than expected.  The MDR was packed, all tables filled, in July they did not even use the upper level. No Alchemy nor other venues for me tonight, I retired early for some needed rest. It was a very nice embarkation day on the Carnival Breeze.

Day Two of 2nd Cruise — Friday --  November 19th, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea 
Rolling seas overnight and I slept very well although I did do my middle-of-the-night WiFi projects. After my second round of sleep, I went to the Tides Bar for Bloody Mary’s with Bi Jesh. (photo right) I did purchase a Cheers package as well so enjoyed another. We passed through a front so it was a bit rainy and cloudy in the morning before clearing for the rest of the day. There were huge lines for Omelets & just basic breakfast in the Lido Marketplace…we are sailing at capacity now. The Diamond event was at 11:00 am in the Limelight Lounge, Only about 20 Diamonds on board but there were several guests so an adequate group for Captain Renda’s introduction of Senior Staff. I enjoyed the appetizers and a cocktail. Afterward, I got my $25 Free Play chips and went to the Roulette wheel. I hit on all 5 of the $5 chips I played so took my $30 and my free play-off. I then played some Texas Hold’em but wasn’t as lucky. The Slot Pull was happening in front of me and a friend was playing…they were having fun. Busy inside the Ships with the cool weather outside. I went up to the non-smoking Casino annex to play my remaining $25 free play and turned it into $35 before losing the free play. That’s $65, the most I have won. Too bad the poker table wiped it out…but it was fun, Huge lines for Guys Burgers today so I had a late lunch from the Deli: a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with fries. It was good but not near as good as the Big Chicken on the Mardi Gras. Sailing with a full ship is not as fun as sailing with a reduced capacity. Carnival should be in positive revenue on this ship. I had Cabin time until 6:00 pm dinner. Tonight was Elegant night and the MDR was again full. I now have table 606 a much better table location in the Blush dining room. Thank you, Natasha. Tonight I ordered the Italian Meatball Soup, Spaghetti Carbonara, Prime Rib, and Creme Brulee for dessert. After dinner, I went to the Alchemy Bar. They have new entertainers that I was able to hear in the Ocean Plaza. A definite improvement. The Breeze Band performed their Eagles Tribute set at 8:30 pm to a packed house. Almost uncomfortably crowded…the theater is better but difficult on a four-day cruise to get it scheduled. I retired soon afterward. It was a busy sea day on the Carnival Breeze.
 
Day Three of 2nd Cruise — Saturday --  November 20th, 2021 -- Cozumel, Mexico

Rolling seas with a few bumps as we transitioned from the Gulf of Mexico into the Caribbean Sea overnight but I slept very well. I woke as we were arriving in Cozumel, we are the only Carnival ship at Puerto Maya and the weather looks like rain. About 8:15 am I had a Breakfast Burrito from Blue Iguana and took it to the Tides Bar to eat with my Bloody Mary. Shortly afterward both friends and heavy rain arrived. It really poured for about 30+ minutes. About 10:00 am I left the ship with friends and shared a taxi into San Miguel. We established a meeting place to share a taxi back and I was off to do my thing. The first stop was Antonios Barber Shop for a haircut. He actually dropped the price of a haircut to $6 since the Peso is lower. I still pay the $100 pesos that actually is $5. What a deal. Then I stopped at the Church where they were having a wedding, it was nicely decorated. I made it to Woody’s and fortunately they had the OU vs. ISU football game. Still in 1st Quarter tied 7-7. The only TV with the game was in the Bar Section so my HQ was at the Bar. That worked well as they moved the entertainment inside where my usual table is located. Soon there was another downpour that lasted another 30+ minutes but did not interfere with the football game. It was fun as there were other Sooner fans watching, I enjoyed several Bohemia Claras and visiting with Nelly (above photo) and Pepe. The weather was now very nice as were the results of the game: OU 28 ISU 21. I think the friends enjoyed their day shopping. We took a shared taxi back ($160 pesos) to Costa Maya pier and the ship. It was an easy debark and return as I think most guests stayed on board due to the weather. I was at dinner as the Blush dining room opened, I have a good table with both old and new friends and a nice location. For dinner I ordered the Meatballs and Linguini as a starter and combined them, then a Strip Steak as an entree, and Bitter & Blanc as a dessert. My favorite menu night. After dinner, I had a cocktail at the Breeze Bar and retired early. It was a FUN day in Cozumel and on the Carnival Breeze.

 

Day Four of 2nd Cruise — Sunday -- November 21st, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea

Rolling seas with a few bumps as we transitioned from the Caribbean Sea back into the Gulf of Mexico overnight but I slept well. I was awake early as usual so updated this blog and reviewed the late college football scores. I went to the Tides Bar for my morning Bloody Mary’s and even had a single slice of pizza for breakfast. Beautiful weather out on deck too. Friends encouraged me to play LRC left-right-center at 11:00 am in the Red Frog Pub. I have seen it mentioned in various cruise roll calls over the years but never played. It was actually fun and a good way to meet people. We played two games and I would do it again. I did a walkabout the ship and had a beer from the Casino Bar, then a very nice Mongolian Grill lunch. Cabin time in the afternoon and a short nap. I’ve been trying to schedule a rapid antigen test for my cruise one week from today out of Miami, but some kind of glitch in Walgreens website identifying the location needed, maybe because I'm at sea or maybe just not enough speed to allow me to schedule it. So glad the nice weather has continued for the guests to get a sunny day on the outer decks. I went out on Deck 11 aft and enjoyed it myself. Very nice sunset too (photo). At 6:00 pm I went to the final dinner in the Blush Dining Room. Of course, the waiters sang the “Leaving” song...corny but still enjoyable. For dinner, I ordered the Steak&Ale Cheddar Soup, the Cobb Salad, the Strip Steak entree with an extra steak, and Baked Alaska for dessert. A very good meal. After dinner, I went to the Alchemy Bar and caught the end of the final set of the Breeze Band. Then the new solo male entertainer Robbie Litt… it was good. Final goodbyes to the Alchemy Bar team and Band members as they knew I was off for the Florida season following this cruise. It was actually sweet. I have an early debarkation time in the morning…Diamonds meet at 7:15 am so I’m retiring early. It was a FUN final sea day on the Carnival Breeze.
 
Debarkation — Monday --  November 22, 2021 -- Port of Galveston
Smooth seas overnight. I woke very early and had plenty of time to update this blog and pack. I went up to the Lido Marketplace early and had my first omelet in many years…it was very good. Also Bacon & potatoes so a nice final breakfast onboard the ship. I finalized my packing then went to the Diamond meet area at 7:15 am. We began to debark soon after 8:00 am and I was among the first off and the first on the EZ Cruise shuttle bus. I was off the island by 8:45 am and at the Ranch at 1:00 pm. That included a stop at Buc*ees in Waller for Fuel ($2.80 gal), Candy, & a Dr Pepper. A good debarkation and travel morning for sure.

Personal HIGHLIGHTS of the Cruises
Cozumel and Progreso Port Days
Tides Bar for Bloody Mary’s
Alchemy & Breeze Bars & Bartenders
The Breeze Rock Band
Mongolian Wok
Diamond Parties
Red Frog Pub Happy Hour


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review -- October 16-21-25-30, 2021 Sailings -- B2B2B2B

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Just the Facts:
Ship:  Carnival Breeze
Sailing:  October 16 to November 3, 2021
Captain: Rocco Lubrano and Isidoro Renda
Cruise Director: Cookie and Erin
Ports: Galveston- Cozumel, Mexico - Yucatan (Progreso), Mexico - Galveston

I am sailing a small adventure, a B2B2B2B or four consecutive cruises. This is my 10th-13th cruises on the Carnival Breeze, my 84th-87th Carnival cruises, and my 161st-164th cruises overall.  I am sailing as a solo.

Day One -- Saturday --  October 16th, 2021 -- Port of Galveston  Embarkation

The day began early on the Carnival Vista. I’m doing a S2S, or side to side, moving from the Carnival Vista to the Carnival Breeze. I just walked from terminal 1 to Terminal 2, very easily done. I only had an hour wait for boarding to begin and it went very smooth and
efficiently. Obviously, I was among the first on the ship and was greeted by Patch in the lobby. I actually arrived in my cabin on Lido deck with my bag at exactly 11:07 am. Sweet. I unpacked most of my clothes and items then went to have a very nice Mongolian Wok meal. Muster drill was next that took all of 5 minutes at A-3 in the Theater. I found a nice space on Deck 11 with great WiFi reception to update this blog, Facetime with the Dear Wife, and follow some football scores. Beautiful 72° weather in Galveston with a nice sea breeze on the Carnival Breeze. I later had two street tacos from the Blue Iguana, I’m going to try food choices other than the MDR for this first cruise. I went to the Alchemy Bar and met friends and enjoyed seeing the Alchemy team. It is the same team as my two previous Breeze cruises.  Anca prepared a very nice drink for me. About 6:00 I went to the Deli and had a nice Reuben Sandwich and fries for dinner as my OU vs. TCU football game started at 6:30 pm. I did get a WiFi package and I was able to stream the entire game, although without sound in 1st and 4th quarters, but with sound in 2nd & 3rd. It was the feature game on ABC for the second week in a row and yes Oklahoma won 52-31. So a good day all around on this Saturday. The ship has really begun to rock this evening as we have been in high winds most of the day. Very different from last week when it was calm all week long.

Day Two -- Sunday -- October 17th, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea
The rolling seas continued through the night but I slept very well and much later. An interior cabin is great for sleep as I did not wake until 8:30 am. I went to the Blue Iguana for my favorite breakfast at sea: Huevos Rancheros with fried eggs, Pico de gallo, Salsa, Arepas, & Watermelon. The Diamond Gathering was at 11:00 am in the Limelight Lounge. I had two Bloody Mary’s & bottled water. The appetizers: Shrimp, Chicken, & Petit-Fours were actually very good, especially the new to me Lobster rollup. I sat with my (distant) relative Joseph McDonald who last week was awarded special recognition for having sailed 1500 days on Carnival, the banner they presented him was very special and unique (photo). It was good seeing the Captain and Staff again too. I did a walkabout stopping at the casino window to get my $25 free-play chip, I’ll use it when the Roulette opens. About 1:30 pm I went to Cucina de Capitano for lunch, I had two bowls of Linguini, one with Sausage, Tomatoes, & Pomodoro sauce and one with Chicken, Broccoli, & Alfredo Sauce, both very good. Good crowd on deck watching the Texas football game, I wish they would show the big college games and not just NFL. Long walkabout this afternoon: deposited gift card to account and disputed a drink charge at Guest Services, Stopped at the Casino and turned my Free-play into $50 and still have my free-play, went by the Red Frog to watch the first half of the Cleveland vs Arizona Game featuring our two OU Heisman Trophy quarterbacks as well as the Dallas Cowboy game (on side by side screens), then saw staff evacuate a 20ish girl from the Lido pool who had passed out. Lots of activity on a Sunday afternoon at sea. The weather clouded up, but the Lido was really packed with Dallas Cowboy fans watching the big screen. I actually had Guy’s attempt to prepare me an onion-fried hamburger, they added onion to the patty they were reheating on the grill, it was a good attempt and it tasted great. No MDR for me on this elegant night.  I had needed cabin time until going up to Alchemy in time to get a seat for the Breeze Band's Eagles tribute show at 8:30pm in Ocean Plaza.  I lucked out with a great seat and really enjoyed the show, it was SRO.  I saw Alchemy friends from Vista and previous Breeze cruises…what a great surprise.  I enjoyed my cocktails this evening and even had one purchased for me by a nice lady,,,since I’m not on the Cheers this cruise, Thanks. Lucky in seats, but not the casino as I lost my free play…still $50 ahead.  I retired by 10:30.  I was a Fun and interesting day on the Carnival Breeze. 
 
Day Three -- Monday --  October 18th, 2021 -- Cozumel Mexico 
Smoother seas overnight than the previous days and I slept well. I started the day at the Blue Iguana for my usual breakfast as we sailed into Puerto Maya on Cozumel Island. It’s a beautiful day, warm but not too hot. I took a taxi (150 pesos) into San Miguel arriving by 10:00 am. I went to Wet Wendy’s who was already open and set up my office for the day. Same location with nice table and chairs and next to an electrical plug. I installed a new telephone app for use on ships using WiFi and enjoyed a nice MX Coca-cola light. I really had a full day of work for Bosque Travel. I worked on 16+ bookings including a call (long wait time) to Carnival HQ. Several great new bookings to Hawaii and Europe for great regular customers, some cruise quotes, some cabin changes, and more. The busiest day I have had at home or away for Bosque Travel in a long while. I enjoyed some Guacamole and then a special Key Lime Pie flavored Margarita (photo). It was a productive day and when I was about to leave I saw a Facebook Memory…turns out I was at Wet Wendy’s nine years ago this day enjoying a Mango Margarita. Amazing. On the way to the taxi stand, I saw friends at Woody’s, stopped at the church for meditation, and had my Barber take off a bit more hair in one spot. A very productive day in many ways. Taxi back to the ship about 4:00 pm. I was still busy depositing some of the bookings and really never ate lunch or had a snack once back on board, so I cleaned up and made a reservation on the Hub App for dinner at about 6:30 pm. I had a nice share table with three nice ladies. It was Linguini night so I had my favorite with added meatballs, Broccoli Soup, the sirloin steak entree. The Roasted Pineapple for dessert.  I went to the Alchemy Bar not only for a cocktail but to get a seat for the Breeze Band. It was an 80s set and a Country set tonight. They were very good as was the cocktail prepared for me by the sweet Anca. They had a huge deck party with line dancing led by Cookie when I went across the Lido deck to my cabin about 10:30 pm, lots of guests out having fun, many in Halloween costume. It was a busy yet Productive day in Cozumel and on the Carnival Breeze.   
 
Day Four -- Tuesday --  October 18th, 2021 -- Progreso/Yucatan Mexico 
Smooth seas overnight and I slept well. We were docking when I woke this morning and I still had work to do on the new bookings. I went to Blue Iguana again for my favorite breakfast and I also met a friend to discuss a project onboard ship. I needed some exercise and I had not been off the ship at this port for a while so I took the shuttle into Progreso about 11:00 am. Still the same with shops and restaurants along the Malecon offer discounted beer to attract guests from the ship. If one gets a Palapa from one of the restaurants and drinks, they get use of the beach and toilets. Really an inexpensive way to have a beach day. I walked well down the Malecon and found a relatively new restaurant called Los Mariscos de Chichí  a much more upscale place for Progreso. Very few tourists here and a better clientele, no beachwear for example. Very good food and my favorite Mexican beer. The prices are dearer here as well and justified. I had two appetizers: Guacamole with Chips and Melted Cheese with Sausage and tortillas. (photo) Very nice. I walked along the Malecon and looked in a few shops, I did buy a Guayabera shirt as this area is the place to get them. I returned to the ship about 3:00 pm. After refreshing, I met friends at the Lobby Bar then had an early dinner in the Blush Restaurant (MDR). I ordered the Wild Rice Country Soup, the Lasagna as a starter, and the Cornmeal-crusted Chicken Breast entree with Cake for dessert. It was good as was the company. A short walkabout and a lot of activity and it’s White Night on Lido tonight. I had cabin time and retired early, until disturbed by Guest services then updated this blog and did some catch-up travel work, but all caught up so pleased. It was a good port day in Progreso and a good day on the Carnival Breeze.                         

Day Five -- Wednesday --  October 20th, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea 
Smooth seas overnight and I slept well.  Busy morning with appointment for my antigen rapid test in the Limelight Lounge. It went well taking about 45 minutes from beginning to end and I was negative as expected.  I then went to the MDR for the Seaday Brunch, I ordered the Steak & Eggs with Bacon and French Toast. Breakfast was excellent and prompt as the Diamond/Platinum party began at 11:30, I sat with friends and enjoyed only a few cocktails.  Cookie (photo right) was in rare form introducing the Officers and Staff, it was like a comedy roast. Very Funny.  Unfortunately it is Cookies last day on the ship as Cruise Director, he is going on break. After visiting with friends in the Lobby, it was Cabin and nap time.  About 6:00 pm I went to the Alchemy Bar to catch the Acoustic set by the Breeze Band and of course have a cocktail.  The band began their final set of the cruise at 7:00 pm.  IMHO the second best musical set they do other than The Eagles set on Elegant night. This Band is the BEST Band at Sea.  About 8:15 I went up to the Lido Marketplace for dinner, they basically have everything that was on the MDR menu.  I had two Pork Chops, Chicken, Baked Potato, Penne Pasta, and a nice salad.  It was probably the best meal of this cruise.  I did return to the Alchemy for a final cocktail then retired to the cabin.  It was a FUN day at sea on the Carnival Breeze. 

Day One of 2nd Cruise — 6 of 19 days -- Thursday --  October 21st, 2021 -- Port of Galveston
This is the beginning of the 2nd leg of B2B2B2B. There were approximately 2400 guests onboard the previous cruise so very nice for short lines and wait times. They are expecting over 3100 for this 4-day cruise, I’ll note the differences. Smooth seas overnight and I was up by 6:00 am as we were sailing into Galveston, unfortunately, we have hit that famous fog that occurs from time to time. I was packed by 7:30 and then had a nice Breakfast Burrito at Blue Iguana. I moved to my new cabin on Deck 11 by 9:00 am then went down to the B2B meeting spot on Deck 3. Considering we arrived a little late due to fog we walked down to flash our passports to the Officials by 10:00 am. That was a smooth debarkation. We were back on board for our B2B photo by 10:15 am. I then went to Muster Drill then back to my new cabin to unpack. I’m in cabin 11269 an upper/lower bed configuration. Smaller but a nice large bathroom. I’m happy. I had a nice mixed bowl from the Mongolian Wok for lunch. I was at the Red Frog Pub at noon for opening and had a Fishbowl of Jamaican Rum Punch and also a refill just before the 2:00 pm Happy Hour cut-off. Yes, after three hours, I now have new Red Frog friends for the cruise. I had some cabin time then for dinner tonight two Guy’s burgers before they closed at 6:00 pm. Plenty of good food and drink today. I watched the Lido activities from Deck 11 and yes there are many more guests on this sailing than the previous. I had Cabin time the rest of the evening. It was a nice embarkation day on the Carnival Breeze.
 
Day Two of 2nd Cruise — 7 of 19 days -- Friday --  October 22, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea
Smooth seas overnight and I slept well.  I woke early and updated this blog then went to breakfast at the Blue Iguana.  More people than usual on Lido including a line for huevos rancheros so I had a very nice breakfast Burrito with some watermelon.  I’m liking my Deck 11 location very much. I was initially afraid of noise from the Lido Deck pool area, but it was fine, there was a repeating noise that I noticed this morning that I didn’t know what it was until I went out on deck.  When i go out the secret door to the outer deck I’m just the second cabin  in overlooking the Lido pool and directly at the Seaside Theater. The noise is from the waterworks, you know the big bucket that fill with water then dumps over with 100’s of gallons of water every few minutes?  It’s directly over my cabin. (photo right) Wow! But now that I know what it is, I’m fine with it, I’m actually embracing the timing of it.  I did a walkabout the ship getting my $25 free-play casino Chip, Diamond Gift from Pixels, water for the cabin, and some candy from Cherries on Top for the Fishbowl in my cabin. At 11:00 am I went to the Diamond gathering.  I visited with other B2B friends and Cousin Joe.  Good to visit with senior staff, many are leaving following this crew.  Also good to be publicly acknowledged by the Captain.  Although we are sailing close to capacity, there were fewer Diamonds than previous gatherings, perhaps 25 or so.  The petit-fours, shrimp & lobster were again my favorites.  Zola was a perfect server as well as I had a Bloody-Mary then Titos & Lemonade. Thanks Captain.  I did an afternoon walkabout:  Took a photo of the big Splash from waterworks, had a Bushwacker at the Red Frog rum bar on Lido, and did some very interesting people watching.  No luck in casino today, but only lost my free play.  I went to the Lido Marketplace for dinner.  Everything on the Elegant Night menu in the MDR was available.  I had Spaghetti Carbonara, Broccoli and Prime Rib.  Very good.  I had to go to the Ocean Plaza to see the Breeze Band, they were fantastic as usual especially the Eagles set.  I sat at a table with friends and got a different perspective.  Fun!  I went to the Deli for a late snack and had a Zack Special, a Turkey on Kaiser roll heated with Avocado & Arugula.  Excellent. music and food.  It was a fantastic day on the Carnival Breeze.  

Day Three of 2nd Cruise — 8 of 19 days -- Saturday --  October 23, 2021 -- Cozumel, Mexico 
Rolling Seas overnight as we sailed into the Caribbean and I slept well. I woke as we were arriving in Cozumel, we are the only Carnival ship at Puerto Maya. I had a Breakfast Burrito at Blue Iguana, it was as good as ever. Since this is football Saturday I decide to upgrade my WiFi plan to Premium so that I could stream college football today. So I will primarily stay on board the ship. $16 to upgrade is exactly the cab fare to San Miguel and I’ll be back here in five days…so easy decision. I watched the 1st half of OU vs. KU out on the Deck 11 lounge area by my cabin, once the movie started on the Seaside Theater I moved into my cabin and the reception was just as good. I had a very nice Mongolian combination bowl for lunch and I guess it brought the Sooners back from a deficit to win the football game…Boomer Sooner. I spent time on deck 11 and watched the pier runners returning late from their day in Cozumel, the DJ played the theme to Chariots of Fire…very clever. I’m liking Deck 11. I did go to dinner in the Blush Dining room with new friends as it is Linguini night. Natasha the Maitre’d has always been so accommodating to me. I had Minestrone Soup, The Linguini with added meatballs, and the Steak. I like the Pasta/Steak combination. I was tired after dining to have a wee nap, but woke in time for the big Halloween party and costume judging, after all, it was being held two doors away just below me on the Lido Deck. Very interesting group and the winner was the Hocus Pocus characters. I went for a slice of Pizza before retiring for the second time. It was a very good day onboard the Carnival Breeze.

Day Four of 2nd Cruise — 9 of 19 days -- Sunday --  October 24, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea
Smooth seas overnight and I slept well and longer than usual. I went to the Blue Iguana and guess what? No more Huevos Rancheros, but not a problem, they are now Breakfast Tacos. I guess they have been changing gradually, I should have noticed when they began preparing the Taco fresh in front of you, but now the huevos sign is gone. Same items, same thing although the tortilla is smaller. Breakfast Tacos are easier for most guests to understand so a good change…now if they would only make Tex-Mex Migas we’d be covering the breakfast options. My rapid-antigen test was at 10:00 am. Only took half an hour from the test to results and I was negative so all is good. I enjoyed the deck 11 loungers during the Pumpkin carving contest, a  frozen cruise cocktail in the Lobby, and sat in on some Friends trivia (I knew none of the answers) this morning. I then had a nice Pig & Anchor BBQ lunch while in the Ocean Plaza. An easy afternoon with cabin and movie time plus taking advantage of the premium WiFi. I went to the Lido Marketplace for dinner and again they had everything that was on the MDR menus. I had Penne Pasta, Fried Shrimp, Grilled Pork Chops, and Baked Potato. I had Bread Pudding for dessert and I don’t think that was on the MDR menu. Very pleased with the food. I’ve been using Deck 11 to get from forward to aft this cruise and am even more pleased with my cabin location. I spent some good time watching the sunset from the unobstructed view on deck 11. A change of cabins early in the morning so I’m retiring early. It was a FUN sea day on the Carnival Breeze.

Day One of 3rd Cruise — 10 of 19 days -- Monday --  October 25, 2021 -- Port of Galveston
Smooth seas overnight as we arrived into the Port of Galveston.  I woke at 6:00 am to pack and prepare for my move.  The cabin I was to move into was taken out of service so I was upgraded to a deluxe Oceanview: Cabin 2424.  It has two bathrooms and full couch, very spacious.  Not an easy move from Deck 11 forward to Deck 2 aft so I did ask for help…very easy then.  I made it to the 9:00 am B2B meet up just a little late.  Debarkation went very well, in fact we were off and back on the ship by 9:55 am.  A record for me.  A Welcome-Back Bellini and Photo in the Lobby and I was off to set up the new cabin.  At 11:00 I went to my Muster Station to check-in, then up to the Mongolian Grill for a huge bowl of goodness (photo at left).  Next stop was Red Frog for the noon opening…they sold out of Fish Bowls on previous cruise so I had the only one and I ordered the Jamaican Breeze, a bargain for that size of a drink...it lasted for several hours.  Back to the cabin for rest and a nap, it was a busy morning.  My brief nap was disturbed by Muster drill, those alarms are very loud.  We sailed about 3:45 pm as everything was going very smoothly with embarkation.  I may miss deck 11, but this cabin, wardrobe, and bed are twice the size as I had last cruise.  I dropped by Alchemy for a cocktail by Ana then up to the Lido Marketplace for dinner. I had Cole Slaw, a Baked Potato, the Sweet & Sour Shrimp (as many as I wished), a small Chicken Enchilada with Guacamole, and Roast Beef from the Carving Station.  The shrimp were excellent, beef was tough, but overall a nice meal.  I skipped the walkabout but it was the usual first night activities.  We do new have a new Captain and several new crew this cruise.  It was an easy and enjoyable embarkation day on the Carnival Breeze.

Day Two of 3rd Cruise — 11 of 19 days -- Tuesday --  October 26, 2021 -- Fun Day at Sea 
Smooth seas overnight and I slept very well in my big bed. I went up to the Lido Marketplace for breakfast as I’m on the aft elevators and it’s more convenient than Blue Iguana. A nice change, I had two Eggs Benedict that were better than any I have had in the MDR. Also Bacon, Sausage, Potatoes, and Danish. I then stepped out to the Tides Bar where I had two very nice Bloody Mary cocktails to start my day and my Cheers package that I have on this cruise. Bi Jesh makes the best one on the ship. Beautiful day to enjoy on deck too (see photo). I had the Diamond-only party at 11:00 am in the Limelight Lounge. I met Captain Renda and the new Hotel Director. Capt. Renda seems very nice, his first time on Breeze and sailing from Galveston, and mentions how he had heard that Galveston is the best home port for crew and staff. He is right about that. I sat with the B2B2B+ group and enjoyed the appetizers and petit-fours. I only had one cocktail since I have the Cheers this cruise. I took the opportunity to visit with the Entertainment Director about the Breeze Band being missing from the entertainment lineup this cruise. He said the Doctor recommended that the two lead vocalists needed time off to rest their voices. Thus no shows this cruise. I will miss them but be able to see them rested next cruise. I was invited by the Yippee group to join them for lunch in the Lido Marketplace. The Chef had prepared a wonderful Rice Dish with jalapeño Spam (they had furnished) for the group, it was excellent and anything different is a good thing. Thanks, guys & gals. After lunch, I visited the Tides Bar for a Bushwacker and then retired to the cabin for rest and to update this blog. I went to the Alchemy Bar about 6:30, it was slow.  I enjoyed some time with the Alchemists as well as some of Daniels premium cocktails.  Disappointed that THE band didn’t play but the new Latino duo on board did a good job in their new surprise time spots, they had a lot of guests on the dance floor.  I met a couple that were on my August cruise (with the DW) and we had a great visit.  I went by the Piano Bar for a few numbers, Guests were enjoying it very much.  A surprising late night for me.  It was a great sea day on The Carnival Breeze.

Day Three of 3rd Cruise — 12 of 19 days -- Wednesday --  October 27, 2021 -- Cozumel, Mexico
Smooth seas overnight and I again slept very well. We were docked at Porto Maya about 9:00 am the only Carnival ship here, the Independence of the Seas is at the International pier. I went up the easy one flight of stairs to the Blush dining room for breakfast. I had a shared table with three others. This morning I had Avocado Toast and Pancakes with Bacon. Fine breakfast and so easy to do from my cabin location. I was off the ship by 10:00 am and in San Miguel. I went first to the ZensiSpa for a pedicure. They of course remembered me and were very happy as well…a first-class pedicure today. The next stop was the little church Iglesia de San Miguel for reflection. Then to Wet Wendy’s to set up the office. I enjoyed my diet Coca-cola, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and a nice Creamsicle Pina Colada (photo). I stopped by Woody’s to see Nelly and get the ownership story. Safe to say she will be running the operation as usual. I‘ll move back over there next month. A taxi back to the pier about 4:00 pm. I had a cooling Bushwacker in the lobby bar before heading back to the cabin. I was headed to Guy’s before they closed at 6:00 pm but had to walk through the Lido Marketplace to get there and as I passed the buffet, it opened. Wow, Linguini, Strip Steak, and Pork Roast on Carving Station. I had all three plus a nice Beet Root Salad and bread. So much easier than the MDR and I control the portions. Very pleased. I did a short walkabout visiting Cherry on Top, Guest Services, a cocktail with Alexandra at the Breeze Bar, and visiting new friends in the Lobby…all while enjoying the Strings Trio. I went to the Alchemy and enjoyed a cocktail and music by Grant. Took a roadie to the cabin to have cabin time, tonight is the Halloween Costume Contest, but just saw it a few days ago on the previous cruise so rest this evening. It was a FUN day in Cozumel and on the Carnival Breeze.

Day Four of 3rd Cruise — 13 of 19 days -Thursday - October 28, 2021 -- Progreso/Yucatan Mexico
Smooth seas overnight and I slept well. I was up early and used the WiFi this morning before it gets busy. I watched us sail into port and went to the Tides Bar for Bloody Marys. Bi Jesh has a group of regulars who show each morning for the best on the ship. I then had breakfast there in the Marketplace: Eggs Benedict, Bacon, & Sausage. Relaxed afterward in the pleasant weather on deck. About 11:00 am I took the bus into Progreso, I wanted to purchase another Guayabera shirt. I went to the same shop and yes they remember me, that’s either good or bad but easier to barter. I ended up with two, a standard white and a nicer embroidered light blue one. Very pleased. A large cold front was approaching from the north (the Gulf) and vendors began scrambling to move their wares inside as rain seems imminent. It also sends tourists back to the buses and the ships. I went on down to the Malecón and basically had the entire area to myself other than some hard-core folks on the beach. I stopped at Los Henequenes on the corner and had the prime table on the patio overlooking the square and statute, the bridge to the pier, and the beach. Perfect and it never rained but cooled the air and made for wonderful rest of the day. I enjoyed several of my favorite Cerveza: Bohemia Clara and Guacamole with chips. Later some very nice Fish Tacos. I took my time and did some great people watching, used the Wifi to update and have FaceTime with the DW, and used the telephone to speak with a client and a cruise line. Nice. About 4:00 pm I headed back to the shuttle location and the ship, few guests by this time on the bus. Easy to board, get through security, and get an elevator. After refreshing it was back to the Tides bar to try some cocktails discussed this morning…the time was right for a Creamsicle and a BBC, both very good and refreshing. Thanks again Bi Jesh. I know the Buffet opens at 5:45 so I enjoyed a light dinner: the Breaded Chicken, a taste of the BBQ Short Ribs, Baked Potato, and salad. I went up to the Alchemy Bar and it was not busy at all, but I was able to visit with my new friends, an interesting and charming couple, and have two cocktails. I’m sure it got busier when the new Latin group performed, but the currently scheduled entertainer doesn’t help Alchemy business. Looking forward to the return of the Breeze Band next cruise. I did a walkabout the ship, a good production show in the theater, and a long line for comedy so guests are enjoying themselves. The casino always seems busy as so many are booked on casino rates. I was fast asleep by 10:00. It was a FUN and interesting day in Progreso and on the Carnival Breeze
 
Day Five of 3rd Cruise — 14 of 19 days -- Friday --  October 29, 2021 — Fun Day at Sea
Rocking and rolling seas overnight for a change. I enjoy the rocking so I slept very well. Woke early so updated this blog and did some emails. I went up to the Tides Bar for the best Bloody Mary’s on the ship about 8:30 am and really enjoyed the morning weather on deck. My Rapid-antigen test was at 10:00 am and I passed so I’m good for another cruise. I didn’t make it to breakfast until 11:00 but they were still serving in Lido Marketplace, then to the Platinum / Diamond party at 11:30 am. to say goodbye to the Yippies my B2B2B regulars. Gathering not too exciting with the new CD, the guests entertained themselves after the event. High waves continue through the day and the pools are closed, not many want to be out on deck anyway. I did sit on deck 11 out of the wind as the temperature is ideal. No luck on the $25 free play this cruise either…it hit double zero. I did have a Zack sandwich: Turkey, pickle, avocado & arugula on a Kaiser roll with fries for a late lunch. I had cabin time the rest of the afternoon. I did an early evening walkabout the ship, purchased T-shirts with $20 I had in OBC. With yesterday's new Guayabera shirts I now have more clean shirts than I do days left in the cruise. Nice. I stopped by Alchemy then stopped in Red Frog Pub for a couple of drinks and the beginning of World Series Game #3. So glad that Carnival decided to carry the games since Houston is in and so many guests are from Texas. I know it helps bar sales. I ate in the Lido Marketplace again, I have enjoyed it this cruise. I had small amounts of many things: Two Salads, Baked Potato, Penne Mariscos, Chicken Melanise, and Broiled Pork Steak. Basically the menu of the MDR. I retired early as I have to pack and change cabins again in the morning. The high seas have continued all day and look like they will through the night. I hope we are not late into Galveston. It was an interesting Sea Day on the Carnival Breeze.
 
Day One of 4th Cruise — 15 of 19 days -- Saturday --  October 30, 2021 — Port of Galveston
Rolling seas for much of the night, but it became smoother the closer we approached the Texas coast. I slept fairly well. I was up very early and monitored our arrival at Galveston to dispel rumors that we would be late to the embarking guests. We did fine arriving on time (photo right) but the Vista was over three hours late. The north winds and high seas were rough. I packed all my clothes and kit, then went to breakfast at the Blue Iguana: a Breakfast Taco with two eggs, Pico de Gallo, Salsa, Arepas, and Watermelon. Very good. Once docked, the debark went smoothly. I was also able to move my items to the new cabin before my 9:00 am B2B meet-up. We did our B2B thing with 54 guests about 20 more than the last two cruises and we were back on the ship before 10:00 am. After our Mimosas and Photograph, I returned to my new cabin 11275 on Deck 11 to unpack...I'm again under the big bucket of the Waterworks. I then went to my Muster Station and was at the Mongolian Grill at the opening for a great bowl of stir-fry. Easy morning. At noon I took my Fish Bowl to the Red Frog Pub for my happy-hour Jamaican Sunrise. I watched some of the Baylor vs. UT game on my iPhone as well. I returned to the cabin to prepare for the Oklahoma vs. TX Tech game’s 2:30 pm kickoff. I had great reception in the 1st half, but once we sailed it was not as good, but I have the standard WiFi package, not the Premium. It was a great game for OU, they won 52-21. I did a walkabout about sundown, lots of guests getting ready to watch the World Series on the Seaview Theater screen on the Lido deck. I went to the Lido Marketplace for dinner, I had the chef grill some roast beef,  I had the Sweet & Sour Shrimp & a Baked Potato. It was good and easier than going to the MDR. I'm not going out tonight, I’ll watch more NCAA football and rest, it was a long day for me.
 
Day Two of 4th Cruise — 16 of 19 days -- Sunday --  October 31, 2021 — Fun Day at Sea
Smooth seas overnight and they were very welcomed. I slept well but did Wifi work in the middle of the night that is common for me almost every night...just rarely mention as it is my norm. I went to the Blue Iguana for my usual Breakfast Taco menu, then back to the Tides Bar for my Bloody Marys by Bi Jesh. I then sat on the aft deck and enjoyed the perfect weather. Being back on deck 11 is nice for maneuvering around the ship. At 11:00 am I went to the Limelight Lounge for the Diamond gathering. There are almost 60 Diamonds on this cruise, twice what we have had since I’ve been on this adventure. Captain Renda introduced his Staff officers then we went downstairs for a luncheon…the advantage of having more Diamond guests. The menu was the same and I ordered the Pork Belly, NY Strip Steak, and Tres Leches for dessert. I had a nice table of Diamond guests too. I did a walkabout the ship, picked up the Diamond gifts, got my $25 in free play casino chips, and water & Pepsi for the cabin from the bar. Then some nap time in the cabin. In the afternoon I spent time on Lido: watched some NFL football, a drink from Red Frog Rum Bar, and finished watching Hocus Pocus on the Seaside Theater screen. Before Guy’s closed I had them prepare some Oklahoma-style Onion Fried Hamburgers…excellent too (see photo). Many are dressed in their Halloween Costumes tonight, they look great. Halloween is always a great time to sail. I had a cocktail at the Breeze Bar then went to the casino where I was able to turn the $25 free play into $30 in real chips. Successful. A $155 gain for the five cruises. Much better than playing slots. I then went to the Alchemy Bar and was lucky enough to get a spot at the bar as it was very busy. Halloween is very popular with the Gay community and the Alchemy was the gathering spot. They also had the best costumes by far. It was packed once the Latino Duo began playing. Then at 11:00 pm, the Ocean Plaza went dead as everyone went to the Lido Deck for the Halloween costume competition. It got underway late as it was a very busy night with both the Dallas Cowboys football game and the World Series broadcast in various shipboard venues. It had to be a great revenue night for all the bars on Breeze tonight. Crew finally cleared the deck for the Halloween party and it was twice the size of any on the previous cruises. Of course, it was actual Halloween. I met the solo winner and 2nd place couples in the Alchemy earlier. The overall winners were a group of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Quite a scene on Lido Deck this night. Since my cabin overlooks Lido I was observing all going on…it was amazing. I soon retired and updated this blog. It was a great and busy Sea Day on the Carnival Breeze.
 
Day Three of 4th Cruise — 17 of 19 days -- Monday --  November 1, 2021 — Cozumel, Mexico
Smooth seas overnight and I slept very well. I was up early and used the WiFi, then went to Blue Iguana for my usual breakfast. Always good. Beautiful weather today in Cozumel…very enjoyable. I waved at friends on the Carnival Mardi Gras docked on the next pier before seeing Bi Jesh at the Tides Bar. He makes the best Bloody Mary’s on the ship. I left the ship and headed to the crowded taxi stand so I went to a secret one around the corner, a little further walk but no waiting. The driver also took me direct to the San Miguel Church and I was there by 10:15 am. Sweet. I did my prayers and headed for Wet Wendy’s to set up my office for the day. My Travel Agent friend had a big group from Mardi Gras visit WW. It was great to see some cruise friends from my recent Mardi Gras cruise in the group. Certainly a nice change to the day. I did some TA work and caught up with other business since it’s the first of a new month, but I did return to the ship earlier than usual. I had a Blue Iguana beef burrito for a late lunch and enjoyed deck time through sail away. No pier runners today. Mardi Gras and Breeze exchanged ship horn blasts as we sailed away from the pier…that's always cool. I went to the Alchemy Bar for cocktails and visit with new and old friends. I must say I’ve enjoyed the new Latin group that plays the later sets, it’s bringing new guests to Alchemy and I downloaded my second Selena song this cruise. I went to late-night Karaoke to see a guest sing…haven’t done that in a while. The usual good & bad there. I had hoped for a late-night Deli sandwich but I was late…they did have some late food so I had a Meatball Sub and Pasta. It was surprisingly very good. It was a long and interesting day in Cozumel and on the Carnival Breeze.
 
Day Four of 4th Cruise — 18 of 19 days -- Tuesday --  November 2, 2021 — Progreso/Yucatan Mexico 
Seas a bit more rolling overnight and I slept very well and the latest of the cruise. I woke about 8:30 am so it’s a late start for my routine. Updated blog and did other WiFi work as I watched our arrival at the Progreso pier. I didn’t make it to the Tides Bar until 10:00 ish but enjoyed my Bloody Marys. The weather is perfect, a cool breeze so not the heat or humidity that is so common here in the Yucatan. I was at the Mongolian Wok when it opened for a great Stir-fry bowl: Chicken, Beef, Snow Peas, Bamboo Shoots, Noodles, Thai BBQ Sauce, and more. Yes, I do use Chopsticks. I stayed on board ship, I’ve been off here the last two stops on this adventure, a lot of guests do the same at this port. I had some Deck time, Cabin time, and WiFi time this afternoon. I wanted to eat lighter and had my first BLT of the cruises this afternoon, the Deli version is much better than the Room Service version. Larger too. I’ve decided that one's cabin location influences one choice in eating locations on the ship. I’ve had five different cabins and I notice that my choice for an eating location can be of convenience as much as desire. Of course, I have my favorites, but a quick bite to eat is influenced. Fortunately, there are many choices on the ship. It was a special evening on the Carnival Breeze because it was the return of the Breeze Band. After an eight-day hiatus, the Band made a scheduled appearance in the Ocean Plaza. I certainly missed them as did the Breeze frequent cruisers and Alchemy Bar fans. Although sans one member the Band really 'Knocked it out of the Park' with their three sets this evening. Standing room only and an enthusiastic crowd welcomed them back. Well done. I retired afterward. It was an interesting and fun day on The Carnival Breeze.
 
Day Five of 4th Cruise — 19 of 19 days -- Wednesday --  November 3, 2021 — Fun Day at Sea 
Smooth seas overnight and I slept very well. I woke at my usual time of daybreak, well before the Waterworks began overhead. I love the cabin location, but it is a bit noisy. The 1A cabins are a bit hard to get on a ship for solos so if need be I would probably stay in it again.  It was towel animals on Lido Deck day as I went to the Blue Iguana for my usual and Favorite breakfast. Then off to the Tides Bar for my morning Bloody Mary with B'Jesh. He has been a good discovery and friendly bartender.  Another beautiful morning at sea so I enjoyed sitting for a while. I had time to pack my dirty clothes and did some prep for tomorrow. I went to the Breeze Bar for a cocktail with Aleksandra and friends while waiting for the Platinum/Diamond gathering at 11:30. Easier to get a cocktail there if you have a drink package than inside the Theater. Big crowd, I was told over 440 Platinum and Diamond guests. I sat with other Diamond friends, a great seat on row two so I got a good shot of Captain Renda (photo at right). Afterward, I went to the Lido Marketplace and specifically the Mongolian Wok again. The same as the previous day other than it was Chicken & Beef. A small piece of cake for dessert. Diet Pepsi and Cabin time to do some financial business that needed to be done, even if at sea. Cruises don't pay for themselves. I also had a nice afternoon nap, an advantage of an interior cabin. I went to the Alchemy Bar about 6:00 pm to catch the acoustic set by members of the Breeze Band, then of course stayed for the full Band at 7:00 pm. They were great as usual. Fantastic Classic Rock, the music of my generation, although I still love Torch music as well.  It was again Spritzer night for cocktails and all Alchemists prepared one for me. A nice visit and farewell with Alchemy friends for the week and the Band as well. I went by the Deli for a great BLT then retired to the cabin to begin packing for debarkation tomorrow. It was a FUN final Sea Day on the Carnival Breeze.
 
Debarkation — Thursday — November 4, 2021 — Port of Galveston 
A bit of rolling seas overnight.  I didn’t sleep well,  I was awake and noticed some unusual activity on the forward cameras at 2:45 am. and we were in the process of rescuing a distressed sailboat, Erin actually made an announcement about 3:45 am. so I went out to see the action.  We rescued three people and two dogs.  Interesting early morning and I did get back to sleep.  Captain Renda made a status announcement at 7:45 am. Looks like a delay of up to three hours for arrival.  I went out on Lido and the cold air was shocking, I took my final Blue Iguana breakfast into the Lido Marketplace to eat about 8:15 am. I was wishing I could have had a Bloody Mary, but alas no.  I finalized my packing then went to the Diamond meet area and visited with Diamond friends for an hour.  The Captain  was right, we arrived just about 10:00 am.  Diamond guests were off by 10:30 and I was first on the EZ Cruise  Parking shuttle soon after.  I left the parking lot at 11:00 am and was home at 4:00 pm.  That included a stop at Buc*ees in Waller for fuel, food, & a real coke and at Brookshire’s in Clifton for Chili fixin’s, food, & some coca-cola.  I very different debarkation morning four sure.


Personal HIGHLIGHTS of the Cruises
Alchemy Bar & Bartenders
The Breeze Rock Band
Friendliness of Crew and Staff
Red Frog Pub Happy Hour
Diamond Parties & Luncheon
Platinum/Diamond Parties
New 2B2B+ and Alchemy Bar Friends
Cozumel & Progreso Port Days
Tides Bar for Bloody Mary’s
Mongolian Wok
Deli: Zack’s Turkey Sandwich & the BLT